Olizzia

FULL-LENGTH: When Olivia and Lizzie, two best friends since college, planned their vacation to Rio de Janeiro, they were looking forward to booze, beaches, and beautiful Brazilian boys. What neither of them expected was to find their soul mate... in one another. But after a life-altering night in a rundown hotel, they must confront questions of romance, lust, friendship, and identity—and in doing so, discover...
FULL-LENGTH: When Olivia and Lizzie, two best friends since college, planned their vacation to Rio de Janeiro, they were looking forward to booze, beaches, and beautiful Brazilian boys. What neither of them expected was to find their soul mate... in one another. But after a life-altering night in a rundown hotel, they must confront questions of romance, lust, friendship, and identity—and in doing so, discover that the road to true love is rarely straight.

"First-time playwright John Bavoso’s inventive and appealing script for Olizzia would make a terrific indie rom-com caper that would be a hit on the lesbian-and-gay film festival circuit." — DC Metro Theater Arts
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Olizzia

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    4 Sep. 2019
    Friendship and sexuality are explored honestly in this unexpected romantic comedy. It's a vacation gone wrong for all the right reasons.
    Audience members should be charmed by these besties turned lovers. It's sexy, but Bavoso is interested in more than sexy.
    Easy-to-produce! Check it out!

Character Information

  • Lizzie
    Mid 20s to Early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    An American woman in her mid-20s to early 30s, any race. She is slightly grungy, can be brash, in-your-face, and sexually explicit with a strong independent streak that borders on selfishness. Her bravado, however, masks a tension between her deep skepticism of romance and monogamy and her fear that she may be incapable of loving anyone else.
  • Olivia
    Mid 20s to Early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    An American woman in her mid-20s to early 30, any race. She has a classic, vintage vibe. She is quiet, earnest, thoughtful, and bookish, but will respond with a surprising fierceness when she or someone she cares about is threatened. Despite having a history of serial monogamy, she worries about the possibility of never finding "the one."
  • Trevor
    Any,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    An American expat living in Brazil, any age and any race. He is dignified with an air of seriousness and professionalism that is out of place with his rundown surroundings. Undercutting his formality, however, is a barely contained sense of superiority and sarcastic wit.
  • Paul
    20s,
    Any (but probably white)
    ,
    Male
    An American expat living in Brazil, any age and any race. He is young and a laid-back surfer type. He is charming, but in a way that occasionally reveals a more sinister side underneath.

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Unicorn Wrangler Theatre Company
    ,
    2014